New York :
The New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed this monday three laws that in practice approve the recreational use of marijuana in that state to over 21 years, more than 3 months after the citizens will vote forcefully in favor of a constitutional amendment to do so in the elections on November 3.
“From this point on, New Jersey’s broken and indefensible marijuana laws, which tainted the record of many residents and ruined their futures, and which disproportionately harmed communities of color and did not do justice at any level, they no longer existMurphy said shortly before signing.
The legislation, which allows the possession of up to 170 grams of marijuana, was approved after months of debate between tax legislators, sales licenses and what fines would be imposed on those under 21 who consume the substance.
The New Jersey Senate ultimately decided that the arrests and fines to young consumers will be replaced by verbal warnings and by drug education programs.
“I really believe that this process has led to laws that will serve as a national model,” said Murphy, admitting that it has taken longer than you would like to approve the recreational use of cannabis.
The approval of the recreational use of marijuana, however, comes whens cannabis dispensaries For medical purposes they still cannot meet the demand in the state, so the sale to the general public will not begin until production is increased sufficiently.
For this reason, it is expected that marijuana cannot be sold for recreational purposes in New Jersey until the end of this year, experts told local media, although the decriminalization of consumption takes effect immediately.
“Starting immediately, those who have been arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana … will be able to be released and get on with their lives,” Murphy added.